Hundreds of Allium species exist, but only a modest few have made a name for themselves as garden plants. Alliums originate from familiar edible plants such as onions, leeks, shallots and chives. This ornamental onion is not edible, however it distinguishes itself by its great diversity in color, clusters of tiny flowers, and its height.Allium are great for ornamental value and widely used for both landscape and cut flowers purposes. The flowers are fragrant and these plants are a spectacular addition to any landscape. Alliums are also rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. Gardeners have been interested with the larger alliums, especially the giants. Most bloom in late spring bringing color between the tulip season and dahlias, cannas, and gladiolus. Planting allium behind low growing perennials and annuals will make for a show stopping flower garden.
Care and Planting Tips
-Plant allium bulbs in the fall.
-Allium thrives and preforms best in full sunlight
-Allium will grow best in well-drained soil. A drought-tolerant plant.
-Hardiness zones range from 2-10
-Bloom time late spring to early summer
Most Popular Allium:
Allium Blue - True blue is hard to find among flowers, but look no further. This Allium Caeruleum has a deep, clear blue color. They are great for ornamental value and widely used for both landscape and cut flowers purposes. The flowers are fragrant this plant is a spectacular addition to any landscape. This Allium Caeruleum is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders and cut flowers.
Allium Gladiator - Giant allium with the classic purple coloring, 7-8 inch bloom, and 36 inch height to make a colossal show in any flower bed. Plant the bulbs in groups of 3 or 4 for the best effect. Blooms remain attractive for many weeks in the garden or vase, even after their vibrant color fades.
Allium Globemaster - The most popular allium, with silvery purple flower heads as large as 10 inches across on 3 foot stems. In bloom for weeks in late spring and early summer, the foliage of these plants usually holds up well during the bloom period.
Purple Sensation - This is where it started for the modern allium. This beautiful globe contains over 100 individual blooms creating a purple sensation among your plants. Their huge flowers on top of strong stems have quickly made them a favorite among the gardening community. Plant in groups of ten or more for an eye catching focal point.
Allium Schuberti -One of the most spectacular alliums available. A starburst looking flower, 12-15" (flower diameter), on rather short but sturdy stems. They are great for ornamental value and widely used for both landscape and cut flowers purposes. The flowers are fragrant; this plant is a spectacular addition to any landscape. Plant in large clusters for an eye-catching focal point. This Allium caeruleum is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders and cut flowers.